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Local business leaders urge people to wear face masks as Johnson County sees a record-setting increase in COVID-19 cases

“Rest assured, we’re at a very, very critical moment — a pivotal point, if you will — where we’re seeing a very large spike in cases in Johnson County,” University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics CEO Suresh Gunasekaran said on Thursday. “Every single day for the last week, we’ve seen this increase.” Gunasekaran was speaking […]

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From Tyson plant outbreaks to ‘economic recovery’ plans, Reynolds and her COVID-19 team are collaborating with industry higher-ups, not workers

Iowa set another one-day record for the number of reported COVID-19 cases on Friday, as outbreaks at meat processing plants helped drive the total number of new cases to 191. On Thursday, Gov. Reynolds said the state was sending an additional 1,500 additional test kits to Louisa County, where the Tyson pork processing plant in […]

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UIHC begins clinical trial of plasma transfusions to treat COVID-19

University of Iowa Health Care announced on Wednesday that a team of researchers has “started a new clinical trial to determine if plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients can help treat patients currently hospitalized with the disease.” “Convalescent plasma has previously been used to mitigate or prevent infection in other viral diseases,” Dr. Brooks Jackson, University […]

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UIHC announces a ban on almost all patient visits

COVID-19 has already caused University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics to restrict the number of visitors its patients can have, and that restriction will turn into an almost total ban on visitors at all UIHC locations starting on Wednesday. “Beginning tomorrow, our adult in-patient visits will be temporarily suspended,” UIHC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Theresa […]

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Local food pantries, health providers and farmers team up for the region’s first Veggie Rx Program

There are any number of reasons why a person would choose to eat a bag of chips over a mixed-greens salad. Snack-food cravings aside, chips are cheaper, more readily available, easier to prepare and have a longer shelf-life than fresh veggies — factors that can override one’s best intentions to eat healthy. “It’s heavily ingrained in society […]

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Bread Garden Market is taking over the UIHC coffee kiosks

Bread Garden Market and Bakery will be taking over the coffee kiosks at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, it was announced on Tuesday. “We’re excited for the opportunity and extremely pleased that the hospital choose us,” Christian Prochaska, Bread Garden executive chef, told Little Village. “We’re going to bring our coffee and coffee drinks, similar to what we do downtown at the market, and pastries—croissants, cookies, Danishes, muffins, donuts.” […]

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SEIU proposes new contract at UIHC

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) presented a proposal for a new contract to the University of Iowa Health Care (UIHC) that will be negotiated with the Iowa Board of Regents. After bargaining, the two-year contract will be voted on by over 3,000 SEIU members at UIHC, the largest union group in Iowa City. Jim […]

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